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Legislative Action Committee / LPF LAC AGENDA 2019 08 19
« on: August 19, 2019, 03:40:07 PM »
ATTACHED VERSION IS MORE READABLE

LPF LAC AGENDA 2019 08 19
LEGISLATIVE ACTION COMMITTEE
Agenda for LAC meeting of August 19, 2019
Email this to: legislative@lpf.org and Chair@lpf.org and vicechair@lpf.org and secretary@lpf.org and AtLarge1@lpf.org  and AtLarge2@lpf.org and AtLaqrge3@lpf.org

01.   ATTENDANCE.
02.   APPROVAL OF PROPOSED AGENDA. (HINT: any new items, either for now or for next time?)
03.   NEXT MEETING: Monday September 09 (NB: not Labor Day) at 7:00 PM Tel: 605-313-5312; Access  692834
04.   OLD BUSINESS: See below: (emails are posted after the Appendices)
05.   STANDING AGENDA ITEMS: (Breakout below)
a. Bill Topics and Drafting. LPF bills for next legislature (Appendix A)
b. Dirty Dozen. (FL laws or regulations that deserve repeal) (App B)
c. Scrutiny. (pending FL bills for scrutiny and comments) (App C)
d. Local Regs. (Ridiculous local regulations that deserve repeal) (App D)
e. Recommendations to EC. (App E)
06.   NEW BUSINESS: (please e-mail proposed text to Chair in advance, if possible).
Red Flag Law: It was brought up at the EC meeting last night that we might look at any pending “Red Flag” proposals, which typically allow police intervention on gun possession if mental health or other indicia emerge, ones that suggest the possibility of some incipient violent acts. We are to develop a position and monitor, with reccs. We might also want to coordinate our efforts with other interested groups (e.g., Florida chapter of the NRA).
Proposals for LAC “budget”: The EC also wants us to identify any budget items specific to our Committee, either long-term or for the coming quarter. So, do we have any spending proposals?
Repeal “Scalping” Law: Below is an email suggestion from an EC member Jim Turney. You may recall that we shamelessly solicited suggestions from that group and he was the only one (except Suzanne Gilmore) to respond.
07.   NOTES FOR THE RECORD: (a) I have resigned as an interim Director member of the EC, so I will hopefully be able to attend better to the business of this committee in the future. FYI, the term ends at the next State Convention. An interim replacement will be named); (b) An EC “Committee Chairs” meeting will be held by teleconference on Sunday September 08 at 7:00 PM (it is held each month on the second Sunday). This meeting can give a quick overview of what the EC. The public -– including you -– are invited to attend; (c) none.
08.   OPEN DISCUSSION: no agenda here.
09.   CONFIRM MEETING: Monday September 09 (NB: not Labor Day) at 7:00 PM Tel: 605-313-5312; Access  692834
10.   ADJOURN: motion to adjourn
………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
STANDING AGENDA ITEMS: (Appendix items)

a. Bill Topics and Drafting. LPF bills for next legislature (Appendix A)
1.   Ballot Access in Florida (pending?)
2.   Ranked voting
3.   Presumption Against State Action (drafted) (withdrawn);
4.   blank
b. Dirty Dozen. (FL laws or regulations that deserve repeal) (App B)
      1. see https://www.flrules.org/
2. Scalping (Jim Turney email, below)
2. blank

c. Scrutiny. (pending FL bills for scrutiny and comments) (App C)
1.   Red Flag laws (Suzanne Gilmore, Director, EC meeting)
2.   blank

d. Local Regs. (Ridiculous local regulations that deserve repeal) (App D)
1.   [see “Institute for Justice” list of their pending lawsuits]

e. Recommendations to EC. (App E)
1.   Proposed LAC quarterly/annual budget items.
2.   blank


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INCOMING EMAIL TOPICS:

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From: candidates@lpf.org
To: Toujours Petanque <toujourspetanque@comcast.net>
Cc: legislative@lpf.org, lac@lpf.org
Date: August 3, 2019 at 6:05 PM
Subject: RE: LAC: REQUEST FOR SUGGESTIONS

With a lot of current attention on criminal justice reform, it seems an easy case can be made to remove "ticket scalping" on-site at events from criminal code chapter 817. I recommend we include this in our Dirty Dozen and try to find Republican sponsors for repeal (Ds will go for it but we can't get it thru committees with them as sponsor).

Running a red light or stop sign can put lives at risk but those are civil violations. Scalping is sort of like parking meter violations in severity (potentially inconveniencing someone else) and should be treated as such. No criminal record should be possible for simply selling an extra ticket for more than face value. Perhaps non-libertarians may consider scalping businesses and/or multiple violations to justify criminal sanctions but that's not the current law, a single resale of an extra ticket is enough to get a criminal record.

Jim Turney, chair
Candidates Committee of the Libertarian Party of Florida
Candidates@LPF.org
407-587-6462 mobile


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STATUS: NO ACTION (IF ANY) UNTIL DOCUMENTATION OF CRIMINAL CASE STATUS IS RECEIVED AND REVIEWED. NONE RECEIVED YET.
---------- Original Message ----------
From: chair@lpf.org
To: Stacey Selleck <legislative@lpf.org>
Cc: atlarge3@lpf.org
Date: July 8, 2019 at 2:15 PM
Subject: Investigate Claims of Nikki Fried Anti-CCW

Hello Mr. Gillis,

This morning, I spoke to the owner of my local gym who I have been courting over to the Libertarian Party and he seems like a real enthusiastic supporter, especially on our 2nd amendment and anti-war stances. Today, he approached me with an issue, he has been a concealed carry holder for over 10 years. In 1999, he was arrested for disorderly misconduct in a bar incident, arrested, and released the next day with the charges dismissed. Fast forward to today, he is a productive member of the community, hosting programs for troubled kids in the gym, he has become completely sober, and is a world traveler. He is also a strong supporter of our right to bear arms. After moving and letting his CCW expire, he went to reapply, except this time he was denied on the basis of the incident (which was a misdemeanor allegation in Kentucky). He is currently in the process of appealing his denial, I offered to help by writing a letter to Nikki and the Agricultural Department as the Chair of the LPF. Apparently this is a part of a larger issue, Nikki Frieds office has turned CCW applications into a "bureaucratic nightmare", and it seems to be on purpose. 

I believe there could be a rather significant minority that this is effecting, and possibly even a great majority of gun owners who would find this issue extremely troubling. As the ONLY political entity in Florida that is standing up to gun rights, I believe this may present itself as an opportunity to bang the drum. I have CC'd J Mark Barfield in this communication as I believe this could be a fantastic human interest story to piggy back on our mission of firearms freedom in Florida. It will also be a great way to rally our base in the face of the recent controversies. I would like for your committee to investigate the matter further to present in a report at the next EC meeting if ready, or as a written report if not. Let me know your thoughts.

Sincerely,

Steven Nekhaila

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STATUS: NO ACTION TO BE TAKEN. NONE TAKEN.

Subject: Request for Support to Overturn Amendment 13
From: endorse@overturn13.org
Date: Mon, July 08, 2019 1:27 pm
To:


To Whom It May Concern:

Following the passage of Amendment 13 in FL, Support Working Animals
(SWA), a 501c4 nonprofit registered with IRS, has chosen to explore
every avenue possible in order to protect the racing greyhound breed
and the members of the greyhound community who have loved and cared
for them for generations. We have retained a legal team to pursue our
options in rectifying a situation that, in our opinion, should not
have happened in the first place. We are exploring all angles to
preserve the tradition of greyhound racing in Florida.

A logical follow-up to the passage of Amendment 13 is a future attack
on other sporting and working animals and activities such as lure
coursing, agility competitions, fly ball, hunting, fishing, working
animals in agriculture and horse racing. Therefore, we are asking for
support in backing our efforts to get Amendment 13 overturned. We
would love to add your group to the growing list of organizations that
stand with us. This would not require donations; we are simply asking
your permission to include your organization's name and/or logo on a
public list of those in support of overturning Amendment 13.

To learn more about our case, and/or if your organization is
interested in donating, please visit www.supportworkinganimals.org or
www.overturn13.org. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free
to include them in your reply. Thank you so much; I hope we can count
on you.

Sincerely,

Jennifer

Jennifer Newcome
Chairperson, Support Working Animals


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STATUS: NO ACTION TAKEN (SO FAR). NO ACTION TAKEN.

m: info@lpf.org
To: Legislative Chair <legislative@lpf.org>
Date: July 10, 2019 at 9:30 AM
Subject: [FWD: non-partisan Florida Re-Districting Commission idea]

FYI... sounds interesting
-------- Original Message --------
Subject: non-partisan Florida Re-Districting Commission idea
From: Keith Kloock < kloock@att.net>
Date: Tue, November 13, 2018 12:34 pm
To: patricia@lwvfl.org
Cc: admin@floridagreens.org, selfgovernment@gmail.com,
southflorida@pslweb.org, ron@cpflorida.org, chairman@reformpartyfl.org,
chair@ecologyparty.org, info@lpf.org
I have developed the bulk of an idea for creating a non-partisan Florida Re-Districting Commission (see attached).  I'm merely wondering what the League of Women Voters of Florida would think of such an idea for a constitutional ballot proposal?
Clearly, this is still only a work in progress.  In fact, the smaller blue text within Principle 1 are merely my notes regarding how Commissioners should possibly be selected, how long to serve, etc.
•   Pages 1-2 are the bulk of the concept.
•   Page 3 is merely me stating why I believe such a change is needed.
•   Pages 4-5 represent an example of what 7 regions of the Commission could possibly look like (following a 2020 Census).
FYI, I have copied many of the smaller 3rd Party political organizations as well.  I have not bothered copying the Democratic or Republican parties as I'm fairly sure neither would support something like this.  Yet I suspect that if the LWV and most 3rd Parties could agree on a common language for a ballot proposal and then would cooperate in meeting signature requirements then this or something similar could vastly improve our Florida politics.
Please feel free to offer any suggestions and/or criticisms.
Best regards,
Keith Kloock

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STATUS: DRAFT BILL E-MAILED TO COMMITTEE. WITHDRAWN.

A Florida statutory override of the judicially-created Presumption of Constitutionality (of any legislation passed by the Legislature).

////////( STATUTORY NON-PRESUMPTION)(WITHDRAWN) ////////////
LPF LAC PRESUMPTIONS BILL 2019
For the current text of statutes, see:
http://www.leg.state.fl.us/STATUTES/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Index&Title_Request=I#TitleI

Be it enacted: that Florida Statutes are hereby amended as follows:
Title I (Construction of Statutes), Chapter 1.01 (Definitions) is hereby amended by adding the following new section: ”(20) The term ‘presumption’ shall not be used to extend any presumption of constitutionality or lawfulness to any law or regulation enacted, promulgated, amended, interpreted, or applied under the authority of the State of Florida, any of its departments or agencies or courts, or any subdivision thereof, including counties, special-purpose districts or special-purpose authorities or any municipalities.”
Title VII (Evidence Code), Chapter 90.301 (Presumption defined; inferences) is hereby amended to add the following sentence to the current end of subsection (1) thereof: “No facts shall be assumed if such an assumption would sustain in whole or in part  any presumption of constitutionality or lawfulness to any law or regulation enacted, promulgated, amended, interpreted, or applied under the authority of the State of Florida, any of its departments or agencies or courts, or any subdivision thereof, including counties, special-purpose districts or special-purpose authorities or any municipalities. The preceding sentence shall apply in all civil, criminal and administrative proceedings of any sort.”
Title VII (Evidence Code), Chapter 90.302 (Classification of rebuttable presumptions) is hereby amended to add the following sentence: “There shall be no presumption of constitutionality or lawfulness to any law or regulation enacted, promulgated, amended, interpreted, or applied under the authority of the State of Florida, any of its departments or agencies or courts, or any subdivision thereof, including counties, special-purpose districts or special-purpose authorities or any municipalities.”
Title VII (Evidence Code), Chapter 90.303 (Presumption affecting the burden of proving evidence defined) is hereby amended to add the following sentence: “When the constitutionality or lawfulness of any law or regulation enacted, promulgated, amended, interpreted, or applied under the authority of the State of Florida, any of its departments or agencies or courts, or any subdivision thereof, including counties, special-purpose districts or special-purpose authorities or any municipalities is in issue, the proponent of constitutionality or lawfulness shall have the burden of producing evidence as to that issue.”
Title VII (Evidence Code), Chapter 90.304 (Presumption affecting the burden of proof defined) is hereby amended to add the following sentence to the current end of this section: “There shall be no presumption of constitutionality or lawfulness to any law or regulation enacted, promulgated, amended, interpreted, or applied under the authority of the State of Florida, any of its departments or agencies or courts, or any subdivision thereof, including counties, special-purpose districts or special-purpose authorities or any municipalities.”
Title XLVI (Crimes), Chapter 775.021 (Rules of construction) is hereby amended to add the following sentences to the current of this section: “There shall be no presumption in favor of the constitutionality or lawfulness of any criminal law or any administrative enactment which purports to impose criminal penalties of any sort. The State or any of its subdivisions shall have the burden of production and the burden of proof of constitutionality or lawfulness”.
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At-Large Directors / AT-LARGE 2 REPORT 2019 AUGUST 18 MEETING
« on: August 18, 2019, 07:39:00 PM »
AT-LARGE 2 REPORT 2019 AUGUST 18

1. I have been largely inactive as a Director this month and have little to report. Most of my activity has been as Chair of the Legislative Affairs Committee, reported separately.
2. My request to be replaced as Director (At-Large 2) was submitted by email this afternoon.

Larry Gillis, At-Large 2 (Director)

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Legislative Action Committee / AUGUST REPORT LPF EC LAC (2019 08 11)
« on: August 09, 2019, 06:33:24 PM »
Also, see it attached.

1.   The number of committee members continues to be concerning. I remain as LAC chair and Derek Ryan as LAC vice-chair. Nivine Zakhari continues as a member (even with her being Chair of the LAC Membership Committee). Ben Bachrach has joined us. I will note that the effectiveness of the LAC in discharging its responsibilities is directly proportional to the quality of the dialogue in our meetings. And the quality of the dialogue is, in turn, adversely affected by having a mere “minyan” membership. (In other words, the more the merrier).
2.   To improve the quality of our work, we have shamelessly solicited each member of the EC for suggestions for any of our major working categories: Bill Topics and Drafting (new material); Dirty Dozen (existing; Scrutiny; and Local Regs. We have received exactly one suggestion from members of the EC so far. (Maybe actual groveling by us would prompt more suggestions)
3.   Our regular meeting schedule is every other Monday, so we met on Monday, August 5.  As a result of that meeting, we will be e-mailing the all Florida Libertarian candidates for elective office known to the Candidate Committee or to the Secretary. We will ask the candidates to tell us: (a) which actual issues they think are resonating with the voters and (b) whether they think ballot-access is a problem for Libertarians. This information will help guide us in identifying which issues to focus on. (If this sounds as though we might be ignoring some of the more obscure provisions of the Libertarian Canon, that is exactly what we will be doing. After all, we have only very limited assets available to us).
4.   Also, Suzanne Gilmore (bless her !!) suggested at the meeting that we look at “ranked voting” as an LAC initiative. Additionally, I withdrew my proposed bill for “No Presumption of Constitutionality”, because it lacks “sizzle”. If there is a related Florida bill pending, maybe we can piggyback on that.
5.   We also wondered whether there was “secrecy” surrounding the bill-drafting requests from legislators (as in NH) and wondered whether that should be open to public scrutiny under the Sunshine Law.
6.   We added to our agenda a possible “dollar minimum” for any asset-forfeiture actions by the State or any of its subdivisions.
7.   Thanks to committee member Nivine Zakhari, we noted the following resources and mention them here for the record: (a) the NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF STATE LEGISLATURES is a good source for review of possible or pending legislation: (b) ACCOUNTABLE.COM and TRACKBILL.COM are also useful; (c) MUNICODE.COM/FL is good for tracking local regulations;
8.   LP Vice Chair Spenser Garber advised us that he is available for any Tallahassee work we might need done. This is generous, for sure.  (He should be mindful of what he is setting himself up for).
9.   Ben Bachrach reminded us of the “Shadow Government” practice in Britain. He suggested that our county affiliates (and the EC, for that matter) might specify  Libertarian  individuals to focus on the actions of individual County Commissioners (or State Constitutional Officers) on an ongoing basis and to develop an overt relationship with them. We become part of The Conversation that way.
10.   We discussed developing a rating system to evaluate all Florida legislators, but were concerned that we simply did not have the resources for such an undertaking. Also, a positive ranking might seem to suggest that we would endorse the actual election of that legislator.
11.   We are approaching the Fall filing season for legislative bills. In any case, our next meeting is scheduled for Monday, August 19.

In liberty,
Larry Gillis, Chair LPF LAC

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Legislative Action Committee / LAC AGENDA 2019 08 05
« on: August 05, 2019, 03:26:57 PM »
Attached.

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LPF LAC AGENDA 2019 07 22
LEGISLATIVE ACTION COMMITTEE

Agenda for LAC meeting of July 22, 2019

Email this to: legislative@lpf.org and Chair@lpf.org and vicechair@lpf.org and secretary@lpf.org and AtLarge1@lpf.org  and AtLarge2@lpf.org and AtLaqrge3@lpf.org

01.   ATTENDANCE. (excuses)

02.    APPROVAL OF PROPOSED AGENDA. (any new items?)

03.   NEXT MEETING: Monday __ at 7:00 PM Tel: 605-313-5312; Access  692834

04.   OLD BUSINESS: see below: topics emailed (Fried; Greyhounds; Commissioners; Presumptions)

05.   STANDING AGENDA ITEMS: (Breakout below)
a. Bill Topics and Drafting. LPF bills for next legislature (Appendix A)
b. Dirty Dozen. (FL laws or regulations that deserve repeal) (App B)
c. Scrutiny. (pending FL bills for scrutiny and comments) (App C)
d. Local Regs. (Ridiculous local regulations that deserve repeal) (App D)
e. Recomendations to EC. (App E)

06.   NEW BUSINESS: (please e-mail proposed text to Chair in advance, if possible)

07.   OPEN DISCUSSION: no agenda here.

08.   CONFIRM MEETING: Monday __ at 7:00 PM Tel: 605-313-5312; Access  692834

09.   ADJOURN: motion to adjourn

………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
STANDING AGENDA ITEMS: (Appendix items)

a. Bill Topics and Drafting. LPF bills for next legislature (Appendix A)
Presumption Against State Action

b. Dirty Dozen. (FL laws or regulations that deserve repeal) (App B)

c. Scrutiny. (pending FL bills for scrutiny and comments) (App C)

d. Local Regs. (Ridiculous local regulations that deserve repeal) (App D)

e. Recommendations to EC. (App E)

……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

INCOMING EMAIL TOPICS:

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---------- Original Message ----------
From: chair@lpf.org
To: Stacey Selleck <legislative@lpf.org>
Cc: atlarge3@lpf.org
Date: July 8, 2019 at 2:15 PM
Subject: Investigate Claims of Nikki Fried Anti-CCW

Hello Mr. Gillis,

This morning, I spoke to the owner of my local gym who I have been courting over to the Libertarian Party and he seems like a real enthusiastic supporter, especially on our 2nd amendment and anti-war stances. Today, he approached me with an issue, he has been a concealed carry holder for over 10 years. In 1999, he was arrested for disorderly misconduct in a bar incident, arrested, and released the next day with the charges dismissed. Fast forward to today, he is a productive member of the community, hosting programs for troubled kids in the gym, he has become completely sober, and is a world traveler. He is also a strong supporter of our right to bear arms. After moving and letting his CCW expire, he went to reapply, except this time he was denied on the basis of the incident (which was a misdemeanor allegation in Kentucky). He is currently in the process of appealing his denial, I offered to help by writing a letter to Nikki and the Agricultural Department as the Chair of the LPF. Apparently this is a part of a larger issue, Nikki Frieds office has turned CCW applications into a "bureaucratic nightmare", and it seems to be on purpose. 

I believe there could be a rather significant minority that this is effecting, and possibly even a great majority of gun owners who would find this issue extremely troubling. As the ONLY political entity in Florida that is standing up to gun rights, I believe this may present itself as an opportunity to bang the drum. I have CC'd J Mark Barfield in this communication as I believe this could be a fantastic human interest story to piggy back on our mission of firearms freedom in Florida. It will also be a great way to rally our base in the face of the recent controversies. I would like for your committee to investigate the matter further to present in a report at the next EC meeting if ready, or as a written report if not. Let me know your thoughts.

Sincerely,

Steven Nekhaila

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Subject: Request for Support to Overturn Amendment 13
From: endorse@overturn13.org
Date: Mon, July 08, 2019 1:27 pm
To:


To Whom It May Concern:

Following the passage of Amendment 13 in FL, Support Working Animals
(SWA), a 501c4 nonprofit registered with IRS, has chosen to explore
every avenue possible in order to protect the racing greyhound breed
and the members of the greyhound community who have loved and cared
for them for generations. We have retained a legal team to pursue our
options in rectifying a situation that, in our opinion, should not
have happened in the first place. We are exploring all angles to
preserve the tradition of greyhound racing in Florida.

A logical follow-up to the passage of Amendment 13 is a future attack
on other sporting and working animals and activities such as lure
coursing, agility competitions, fly ball, hunting, fishing, working
animals in agriculture and horse racing. Therefore, we are asking for
support in backing our efforts to get Amendment 13 overturned. We
would love to add your group to the growing list of organizations that
stand with us. This would not require donations; we are simply asking
your permission to include your organization's name and/or logo on a
public list of those in support of overturning Amendment 13.

To learn more about our case, and/or if your organization is
interested in donating, please visit www.supportworkinganimals.org or
www.overturn13.org. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free
to include them in your reply. Thank you so much; I hope we can count
on you.

Sincerely,

Jennifer

Jennifer Newcome
Chairperson, Support Working Animals


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m: info@lpf.org
To: Legislative Chair <legislative@lpf.org>
Date: July 10, 2019 at 9:30 AM
Subject: [FWD: non-partisan Florida Re-Districting Commission idea]

FYI... sounds interesting
-------- Original Message --------
Subject: non-partisan Florida Re-Districting Commission idea
From: Keith Kloock < kloock@att.net>
Date: Tue, November 13, 2018 12:34 pm
To: patricia@lwvfl.org
Cc: admin@floridagreens.org, selfgovernment@gmail.com,
southflorida@pslweb.org, ron@cpflorida.org, chairman@reformpartyfl.org,
chair@ecologyparty.org, info@lpf.org
I have developed the bulk of an idea for creating a non-partisan Florida Re-Districting Commission (see attached).  I'm merely wondering what the League of Women Voters of Florida would think of such an idea for a constitutional ballot proposal?
Clearly, this is still only a work in progress.  In fact, the smaller blue text within Principle 1 are merely my notes regarding how Commissioners should possibly be selected, how long to serve, etc.
•   Pages 1-2 are the bulk of the concept.
•   Page 3 is merely me stating why I believe such a change is needed.
•   Pages 4-5 represent an example of what 7 regions of the Commission could possibly look like (following a 2020 Census).
FYI, I have copied many of the smaller 3rd Party political organizations as well.  I have not bothered copying the Democratic or Republican parties as I'm fairly sure neither would support something like this.  Yet I suspect that if the LWV and most 3rd Parties could agree on a common language for a ballot proposal and then would cooperate in meeting signature requirements then this or something similar could vastly improve our Florida politics.
Please feel free to offer any suggestions and/or criticisms.
Best regards,
Keith Kloock



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The LPF Legislative Action Committee is quite interested in creating a draft of a Florida statutory override of the judicially-created Presumption of Constitutionality (of any legislation passed by the Legislature).
As you know, this presumption (and its progeny) currently puts the burden on challengers, not the Government, when the legality or constitutionality of a law (or regulation) is challenged. Specifically, We'd like to shift the burden to the Government and their platoons of lawyers. (Allocating the burden here is like putting handicap weights in the saddlebags of racehorses, just to even things up)

Also, we'd like to find a Senator or two and a Rep or two to put it into Florida's legislative hopper for us. Any suggestions for me to contact?

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Legislative Action Committee / JULY REPORT LPF EC LAC (2019 07 21)
« on: July 21, 2019, 02:16:48 PM »
JULY REPORT LPF EC LAC (2019 07 21)

Notice for the Legislative Action Committee meeting scheduled for July 8 was badly scrambled by me, leading to attendance by only two stalwarts (JMark Barfield and Nivine Zakhari). These two worthies have now moved on to committees of their own (JMB to Communications and Audit; NZ to Membership). They don’t know it yet, but they remain exploitable by us as LAC “resources”. We have also lost a third member to the Platform Committee (John Olivadoti). 

So, Gillis remains as LAC chair and Derek Ryan as LAC vice-chair. Donna Olivadoti remains as member. Ben Bachrach (of Estero) has expressed interest in being an LPF-voter-in-attendance and maybe even becoming an actual member. I have been enlightened by every conversation I have ever had with Ben. He and I have been roomies at the last three LPF conventions. FYI, if Ben doesn’t know something, it is probably not worth knowing. (He is like Greg Peele that way).

By decision of the LAC members, our regular meeting schedule is now every other Monday. This schedule will undoubtedly tighten up, as we approach the Fall filing season for legislative bills. In any case, our next meeting is scheduled for tomorrow night (Monday, July 22) and we will take up the previous agenda.

We hereby shamelessly solicit each and every member of the EC for suggestions for any of our major working categories. Please address any e-mail suggestions to: legislative@lpf.org . Additionally, I would appreciate a “cc” to me directly at: ToujoursPetanque@comcast.net  so I can begin thinking immediately of your suggestions. All suggestions will be gratefully and respectfully received. Those categories are:

a. Bill Topics and Drafting. LPF bills for next legislature (Appendix A to agenda)
b. Dirty Dozen. (FL laws or regulations that deserve repeal) (App B to agenda)
c. Scrutiny.  (pending FL bills for scrutiny and comments) (App C to agenda)
d. Local Regs. (Ridiculous local regulations that deserve repeal) (App D to agenda)


In liberty,
Larry Gillis, Chair LPF LAC

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At-Large Directors / JULY REPORT TO EC: AT-LARGE 2 (2019)
« on: July 21, 2019, 12:56:38 PM »
2019 07 21 Report from ATL2 to LPF EC (see attachment)

In Liberty,

Larry Gillis, Cape Coral                                          July 21, 2019

Email: AtLarge2@lpf.org  and LaurenceJGillis@gmail.com   (Please use both)
Tel:    239-471-7173 (landline) or 305-563-9083 (Google Voice, messages)

The Libertarian Party of Florida reserves all rights and access to this email account, AtLarge2@lpf.org . Any correspondence, files, and other information contained are the sole property of the Libertarian Party of Florida. Any and all use of this property is at the complete discretion of the Libertarian Party of Florida, its officers, and its agents.

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Legislative Action Committee / LAC, PER LPF WEBSITE
« on: June 25, 2019, 08:23:22 PM »
I looked at the LPF website, just to get a further handle on what we are supposed to be up to.

Reproduced below is what I found. If any of the LAC members wanna make suggestions for an "informational upgrade" here, maybe we should talk about it and then start making suggestions to the appropriate LPF authorities? Bon appetit.

Anyway, see you Wednesday night. Be there or be square.

Larry Gillis, Chair LAC

(FYI, this will be posted on Discord, too, as soon as my loaner-computer will allow me to do so)
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  Mission:
The function of the committee is to review, summarize, and draft LPF policy on proposed legislation during session. Average member workload during session will be to review and report on one or two bills per week with the intention of bringing this information to the Florida electorate. The chair will distribute legislative “homework” to each member on a weekly basis.

  Committee Goal:
The committee singles out legislation that is damaging to the liberties and freedoms of Floridians as well as legislation that is favorable and moves us away from being repressed by the state.

Once these pieces of legislation are identified, they are tracked for progress and possible committee substitutes which may change the LPF’s opinion of the legislation. Our goal is to get this information out to the Florida electorate who are otherwise unaware of what is going on while the legislature is in session due to media bias.

We encourage contacting representative and senators to voice your opinions on the legislation. When the Legislative session is out, our goal is to cooperate to contribute in writing legislation, as well as identifying the representatives and senators who strongly opposed liberty legislation and those who heavily favored anti-liberty legislation so the LPF can begin to find suitable replacements.

  * This is a Constitutionally Required Committee
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At-Large Directors / Re: AT-LARGE 2 REPORT 2019 JUNE 23 MEETING
« on: June 24, 2019, 04:51:09 PM »
ADDENDUM: I also responded to a "Florida Politics" article on the recent gubernatorial line-item vetoes to the State Budget, noting the Libertarian view:  https://floridapolitics.com/archives/299552-ron-desantis-vetoes-hit-southwest-florida-higher-education-public-safety

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Legislative Action Committee / JUNE REPORT LAC LPF EC 2019 06 23
« on: June 22, 2019, 05:00:02 PM »
JUNE REPORT LAC  LPF EC 2019 06 23

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JUNE REPORT LPF EC LAC (2019)

For the June meeting 2019 

I was appointed chair of the LAC (Legislative Action Committee) on June 2d. The LAC held a one-hour organizational meeting on June 13th. We discussed several possible LAC priorities, including: (a) identifying a “Dirty Dozen” (laws and regulations that deserve publicity and repeal); (b) the usefulness of identifying issues and drafting one or two bills of our own, for introduction through the EC into the legislative process; (c) identifying in advance some specific and relevant bills as they are introduced, so we could monitor them through the legislative process, thereby avoiding having to inventory ALL bills pending in the legislature. Our next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 26, for which a proposed agenda (and agenda format) has already been circulated for comment.

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In Liberty,

Larry Gillis, Cape Coral                                          June 22, 2019

AtLarge2@lpf.org  and LaurenceJGillis@gmail.com   (Please use both for emails)
Tel: 239-471-7173 (landline) or 305-563-9083 (Google Voice, messages)

The Libertarian Party of Florida reserves all rights and access to this email account, region12@lpf.org . Any correspondence, files, and other information contained are the sole property of the Libertarian Party of Florida. Any and all use of this property is at the complete discretion of the Libertarian Party of Florida, its officers, and its agents.
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At-Large Directors / AT-LARGE 2 REPORT 2019 JUNE 23 MEETING
« on: June 22, 2019, 04:50:54 PM »
JUNE REPORT ATL2 LPF EC 2019 06 23

2019 06 23 Report from ATL2 to LPF EC
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JUNE REPORT LPF EC ATL2 (2019)

For the June meeting 2019 

MEETINGS:
As an At-Large member of the Executive Committee, as a Director, as a member of the Audit Committee, and as Chair of the EC’s Legislative Action Committee, I am flabbergasted at the number of meetings and contacts I have had in my first full month on the job. (I submitted a separate Director’s Report for May).
I was appointed chair of the LAC (Legislative Action Committee) on June 2d. The LAC held a one-hour organizational meeting on June 13th. We discussed several possible LAC priorities, including: (a) identifying a “Dirty Dozen” (laws and regulations that deserve publicity and repeal); (b) the usefulness of identifying issues and drafting one or two bills of our own, for introduction through the EC into the legislative process; (c) identifying in advance some specific and relevant bills as they are introduced, so we could monitor them through the legislative process, thereby avoiding having to inventory ALL bills pending in the legislature. Our next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 26, for which a proposed agenda (and agenda format) has already been circulated for comment.
The Directors have had a number of meet-ups, either by phone or through Discord or emails. The Audit Committee has been our focus.
MEDIA COVERAGE:   
“Florida Politics” (FP) commented on low voter turnout in the Pasco special election. As an LPF At-Large, I said that only the voters who actually cared to vote would be deciding the election. https://floridapolitics.com/archives/299063-voter-turnout-barely-enters-double-digits-on-the-eve-of-pasco-house-special-election#comment-88416
I applied for a vacancy on the Lee Board of County commissioners (the Chair died in May). All 14 candidates got thumbnail sketches in the Fort Myers News-Press. Do not hold your breath on my being actually appointed. : https://fortmyers-fl.newsmemory.com/?token=cfa1a328cb7783df5da57c1857505589&cnum=16095671&fod=1111111STD-0&selDate=20190618&licenseType=paid_subscriber&
Florida Politics also said: “ … Kyle Kashuv, a survivor of the 2018 Parkland shooting who has become a gun rights advocate, says Harvard University has rescinded his admission because of his previous use of a racial epithet in leaked private conversations. … “.  As an At-Large (and as an alumnus), I said Harvard’s actions were gutless and disgusting. https://floridapolitics.com/archives/299016-harvard-rescinds-acceptance-kashuv
NEW MEMBERS:
(a work-in-progress)

DEVELOPING ISSUES SPOTTED:
THE LPF “COOKED-GOOSE” AWARD. I think it might be useful for the LPF to identify some bureaucrat (or their agency) for a quarterly “Cooked Goose” Award. The recipient would be guilty of some scandalous governmental infringement on personal freedom perpetrated somewhere here in Florida.  I doubt the recipient would volunteer to have their picture taken, but if the infringement presented a useful photo-op dimension, all the better. We could circulate notice of the award to all media outlets in Florida. (This has to be done outrageously and with
“panache”, or it will not work very well)
OTHER:   
None.
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In Liberty,

Larry Gillis, Cape Coral                                          June 22, 2019

AtLarge2@lpf.org  and LaurenceJGillis@gmail.com   (Please use both for emails)
Tel: 239-471-7173 (landline) or 305-563-9083 (Google Voice, messages)

The Libertarian Party of Florida reserves all rights and access to this email account, region12@lpf.org . Any correspondence, files, and other information contained are the sole property of the Libertarian Party of Florida. Any and all use of this property is at the complete discretion of the Libertarian Party of Florida, its officers, and its agents.
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At-Large Directors / At-Large 2 Report -- May 2019
« on: May 23, 2019, 11:01:54 AM »
2019 05 23 Report from ATL2 to LPF EC
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MAY REPORT LPF EC ATL2 (2019)

For the May meeting 2019 

MEDIA COVERAGE:  

The Cape Coral Breeze printed my letter on “bring home the bacon” provisions in new State budget. My letter was written in your name. FYI, “Florida Politics” (FP) carried my comments on the same theme at about the same time, under my title “Pinata Politics”: http://floridapolitics.com/archives/295909-new-budget-full-of-spending-nuggets#comment-85282

I registered with “Florida Bulldog” and made some suggestions for bail reform in misdemeanor cases in your name. (Thanks for the tip, Suzanne): https://www.floridabulldog.org/2019/05/in-florida-where-reforms-are-slow-to-arrive-cash-bail-remains-the-law-of-the-land/?unapproved=627973&moderation-hash=2ef7751f5e97e0e4d5b0cc16ca3e2302#comment-627973

I  commented on an FP article about VisitFlorida having to cut its budget due to reduced State funding: http://floridapolitics.com/archives/296505-visit-florida-to-trim-staff-after-budget-cut#comment-86204

There was an FP article with some interesting stats on capital punishment. I posted, citing the LP Platform position opposing the death penalty. https://floridapolitics.com/archives/297108-by-the-numbers-floridas-death-penalty#comment-86550

NEW MEMBERS:

(Justin Amash’s LP membership is a work-in-progress)

DEVELOPING ISSUES SPOTTED:

GOLDEN FLEECE AWARD. It might be useful to go through the State budget, as finally adopted, to identify “nuggets” of wasteful spending that can be lobbed into editorial pages each week or so. The letters would make it clear that no elected Libertarian would be silly enough to pass budget items like this. (This is similar in spirit to Greg Peele’s proposal for “Crime of the Week” items, addressing silly local ordinances throughout Florida).

TRANSPARENCY. There are now over 1100 exemptions from the Florida Constitution’s requirement for governmental transparency, according to the Florida Phoenix. We object:  https://www.floridaphoenix.com/blog/just-to-let-the-public-know-it-wasnt-a-stellar-year-for-transparency-in-government.

BAIL REFORM. It was once suggested that the best cure for an unjust law was to enforce it rigorously. Maybe, but people get hurt in the meantime. Misdemeanor bail in Florida is an abuse that cries out for reform. (see “Media” above).


OTHER:
 

I attended the LPF Convention in Tampa early May and was named one of your three Directors. David DeForest took my place as your Region 12 Regional Representative. (He is aggressively rejuvenating our Charlotte County LP affiliate).

Your three Directors held a long telephone conference on May 16, thrashing through several issues that we think  are (or ought to be) worthy of LPF EC attention. MAI was the result (“Mutually-Assured Illumination”).

My agreement to serve as a member of the EC Legislative Action Committee and the Audit Committee is pending approval by the Chair.

I attended a meeting of the Lee County affiliate EC on May 22. Our Region 12 Representative (David DeForest) was also there. Delicious gossip was exchanged with Rick Mollek and Ben Bachrach and Collen Couillard. The highlight was David’s in-person report on organizing Charlotte County.

A special meeting of the LPF EC is scheduled for May 23.

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In Liberty,

Larry Gillis, Cape Coral                                          May 23, 2019

AtLarge2@lpf.org  and LaurenceJGillis@gmail.com   (Please use both for emails)
Tel: 239-471-7173 (landline) or 305-563-9083 (Google Voice, messages)


The Libertarian Party of Florida reserves all rights and access to this email account, region12@lpf.org . Any correspondence, files, and other information contained are the sole property of the Libertarian Party of Florida. Any and all use of this property is at the complete discretion of the Libertarian Party of Florida, its officers, and its agents.
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Region 12 / APRIL REPORT LPF EC Region 12 (2019)
« on: April 25, 2019, 04:48:07 PM »
APRIL REPORT LPF EC Region 12 (2019)

For the meeting scheduled for April 28, 2019 

CHARLOTTE COUNTY: (unaffiliated, yet) EC: Chair; Vice; Secretary; Treasurer: (all tba)

David DeForest has been working with the Affiliate Support Committee . He is now working his list of LP voters in the county and has gotten some nibbles for possible new LPCC EC members. Also, he has opened a new LPCC website, which is both a work-in-progress and quite active at the same time. The draft handbook will be of considerable assistance to him.  BTW, if the LPF had its own beatification-and-canonization process, he would be my nominee. He plans to attend the Convention, so please make him feel especially welcome. (Laying down your cloaks and some palm fronds in his path would be a nice touch).

LEE COUNTY: EC: Chair: Rick Molek; Vice: Larry Gillis; Secretary: Ben Bachrach; Treasurer: Charlene Couillard; At Large: Alex Pilkington. 

A lightly-attended EC get-together of the LPLC EC was held March 19 at “Shoeless Joe’s” in Fort Myers. Salacious gossip about LPF personalities was exchanged, along with details of the 2020 LP Convention in Austin and certain SOE/LPF reports due later that month [all of which were submitted on time, thank you very much]. The quarterly business meeting was held on April 16 at “Sweet Tomatoes” in Fort Myers (a vegan-oriented buffet cafeteria, but still OK)

COLLIER COUNTY: EC: Chair: Rob Tolp; Vice: Peter Richter; Secretary: Jamie Cain; Treasurer: Scott Jaeger.

Their website remains quite active. I am unaware of their meeting schedule, but have invited myself several times.

MEDIA COVERAGE:   

 “Florida Politics” (FP hereinafter) published an article about a bill to abolish the Constitutional Revision Commission. I posted a Libertarian-flavored response. Identifying myself as a member of the LPF EC,  I said the FCRC should be retained and that members should be elected, not appointed by politicos: http://floridapolitics.com/archives/291495-repeal-of-constitution-revision-commission-headed-to-house-floor#comment-81273

I also commented on the FP article about a bill to further reduce the scope of the Sunshine Law, saying some exceptions were OK, but we should be aware of a bigger concern, namely the continuing legislative interference with the scope of this wholesome Constitutional provision. See: http://floridapolitics.com/archives/292264-sixty-days-for-4-1-19-a-prime-time-look-at-the-2019-legislative-session#comment-82356

FP noted the Legislature was again dictating school curricula (this time on human trafficking). I posted a comment, asking whether the Legislature should be involved at all, citing our Platform position on parental responsibility for education. See:  http://floridapolitics.com/archives/292362-bill-to-teach-students-about-dangers-of-human-trafficking-passes-second-house-panel#comment-82297

Senate Bill  1238 https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2019/01238 would permit concealed-carriers to carry in church, even if a school is on the premises, as long as it is OK with the church. I commented. http://floridapolitics.com/archives/292947-guns-in-churches-bill-under-consideration-today

NEW MEMBERS:

(None known at press time)

DEVELOPING ISSUES SPOTTED:

I suggested that a “Region 15” might be added to our LPF EC, to represent school-affiliated FL student Libertarian groups. Several legitimate concerns were raised.

Suzanne Gilmore highlighted State regulation of vegetable-gardens-on-the-lawn. This State activity is a powerful metaphor for what is wrong with this regulation-crazy State. We can get some serious mileage here, if we wish.

OTHER:   

The “Eagles for Liberty”, a student Libertarian group at FGCU in Fort Myers, recently held a meeting on “Hot Button Issues: Immigration”, with Bob Levy (Chairman of the Cato Institute).  More recently (April 4) they had a meeting to discuss the healthcare crisis. They are quite active.

I attended a Republican Liberty Caucus meeting in North Fort Myers on April 11. I think their reform-from-within efforts are doomed, for a variety of excellent reasons.

I will attend the State Convention in Tampa on May 3-4-5. I look forward to seeing many of you.
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In Liberty,

Larry Gillis, Cape Coral                                          April 25, 2019

Region12@lpf.org  and LaurenceJGillis@gmail.com   (Please use both)
Tel: 239-471-7173 (landline) or 305-563-9083 (Google Voice, messages)

The Libertarian Party of Florida reserves all rights and access to this email account, region12@lpf.org . Any correspondence, files, and other information contained are the sole property of the Libertarian Party of Florida. Any and all use of this property is at the complete discretion of the Libertarian Party of Florida, its officers, and its agents.
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Region 12 / MARCH 2019 REPORT Region 12 LPF EC
« on: March 10, 2019, 06:33:56 PM »
2019 03 10 Report from Region 12 to LPF EC
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For the meeting scheduled for March 17, 2019 

CHARLOTTE COUNTY: EC: Chair: tba; Vice: tba; Secretary: tba; Treasurer: tba;

I am scheduled to meet March 14 with an elected Libertarian (David DeForest, CC Soil) at a meeting organized by Michelle Rhea and Barry Chapman of the Sarasota County affiliate. David has expressed substantial interest in reviving the CC affiliate.

LEE COUNTY: EC: Chair: Rick Molek; Vice: Larry Gillis; Secretary: Ben Bachrach; Treasurer:  Charlene Couillard; At Large: Alex Pilkington. 

An informal get-together of the EC was held February 19 in Fort Myers. The “Level-Up” fundraising initiative has been highlighted by Ben Bachrach in the LPLC website and in a broadcast email. At last count, we have ponied up $505 (so far). The March meeting will be held on the 19th.

COLLIER COUNTY: EC: Chair: Rob Tolp; Vice: Peter Richter; Secretary: Jamie Cain; Treasurer: Scott Jaeger

I have been invited by Rob Tolp to be in attendance at the next EC meeting. He has agreed to broadcast-email notice of the “Level-Up” fundraising initiative to his membership (He already has it on the Collier LP website)

MEDIA COVERAGE:   After Robert Kraft’s arrest, I submitted a letter to the Fort Myers News-Press, noting that the LPF platform acknowledges the natural rights of sex workers. It has not been published (yet, eight days later).

NEW MEMBERS:

I should mention here the Eagles For Liberty, a student group at Florida Gulf Coast University (located in Fort Myers, virtually in Naples). They are an active group, deserving special recognition (maybe at our Convention?). There are other such groups on other campuses, I am sure, but I suffer from the “tunnel vision” typical of Regional Representatives. In other words, if your student group is not in Region 12, you do not exist IMHO. See: https://getinvolved.fgcu.edu/organization/EaglesforLiberty

CANDIDATES: I understand there is a Libertarian from Cape Coral who will be a candidate for local office. I will publish his name shortly, after I talk to him.

DEVELOPING ISSUES SPOTTED:

     LICENSES. Our State Platform should be amended to call for the recognition of out-of-State licenses for the practice of any profession or trade, and for any other licenses. Given our platform on licensing, this is an in-the-meantime proposition. See WSJ editorial (02-19-2019): https://www.wsj.com/articles/an-arizona-occupational-welcome-11550528070

     TAX CREDITS. “Florida Politics” noted that SB 526 would give simplified tax credits for TV and movies filmed in Florida. Quoting our LPF Platform, and identifying myself as a member of the LPF EC, I posted an objection and notified our LAC. https://connect.xfinity.com/appsuite/#!!&app=io.ox/mail/detail&folder=default0/INBOX&id=1951303

     FL ELECTION COMMISSION. Openings are coming up on the FEC. I have e-mailed our Governor to suggest a Libertarian be appointed. If you are interested, make the application now through the Governor’s Office. FYI, I have applied for appointment to the FL Ethics Commission. (I don’t plan to hold my breath). See:  https://www.flgov.com/gubernatorial-appointment

OTHER:
     None
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Yours in Liberty,

Larry Gillis, Cape Coral                                          March 10, 2019

Region12@lpf.org  and LaurenceJGillis@gmail.com   (Please use both)
Tel: 239-471-7173 (landline) or 305-563-9083 (Google Voice, messages)

The Libertarian Party of Florida reserves all rights and access to this email account, region12@lpf.org . Any correspondence, files, and other information contained are the sole property of the Libertarian Party of Florida. Any and all use of this property is at the complete discretion of the Libertarian Party of Florida, its officers, and its agents.
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General Discussion / FLORIDA ASSOCIATION OF SPECIAL DISTRICTS
« on: February 28, 2019, 05:02:33 PM »
These "special districts" are the below-the-radar, low-accountability agencies that inflict the "death of a thousand cuts" on the long-suffering taxpayers of Florida. Libertarians are acutely aware of the danger posed by them.

"Strength In Numbers" -- the title of their video -- is precisely the problem they represent.

https://www.facebook.com/4myFASD/videos/818555335153801

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